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Report: Mark Herzlich to start for Giants

Jesse Holley,  Justin Tryon,  Mark Herzlich AP

The feel-good story of a season ago is back for another showing.

According to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, New York Giants linebacker and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich will get the start at middle linebacker against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Chase Blackburn will reportedly miss the game due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Giants 29-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Herzlich battled a rare bone cancer — Ewing’s sarcoma — while playing at Boston College. The struggle to overcome cancer forced him to miss the entire 2009 season before returning to play all of 2010 for the Eagles. Herzlich played in 13 games and compiled 65 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in his senior campaign.

Herzlich went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Giants. Herzlich started two games for the Giants last season before a high-ankle sprain ultimately ended his year. He came into training camp this season expected to challenge Blackburn for the starting job but was slowed by a hip pointer suffered in the Giants second preseason game against the New York Jets.

Herzlich posted two tackles in relief of Blackburn last week and has just seven tackles on the year primarily in special teams duty.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2012 1:41 AM

    Awesome. I’m going to make sure I keep tabs on this game to see how he can play. I have always been a big fan and I was pissed when he wasn’t drafted. Hopefully he has a big game!

  2. victorycruz says: Oct 31, 2012 1:50 AM

    Big blow to me G-Men. Chase is the anchor of that defense. Hopefully Herzlich can hold down the fort for a game or so.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:21 AM

    I called for him to start by Week 6 way back during Training Camp. Some thought it would be sooner. Too bad it is due to injury to the brains of our defense SMH. But we should be fine.

  4. midwaymonster72 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:39 AM

    Hopefully he does well and rips someones head off. Not a Giants fan but Im a fan of Herzlich.

  5. ericellers says: Oct 31, 2012 2:54 AM

    The way Blackburn left the field and down the sideline was encouraging he seemed pretty much ok and no limping, this seems more like preservation rather then anything serious?

  6. iivil says: Oct 31, 2012 3:00 AM

    I hope he’s a total beast.

  7. cylondetector says: Oct 31, 2012 7:04 AM

    I don’t know how important the ‘anchor’ of a defense that gives up 1500 yards over 3 games can be.

    Maybe Herzlich will be an upgrade.

  8. oaktown49er says: Oct 31, 2012 7:17 AM

    All rooting interest aside, my mom is a cancer survivor, Mark is an inspiration and I hope he keeps the job.

  9. cooklynn17 says: Oct 31, 2012 8:09 AM

    That anchor was good enough to win another Super Bowl.

    BTW, the Giants won their last 3 games, and 4 to be exact.

    Good luck Mark, we are all pulling for you.

  10. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 31, 2012 8:24 AM

    The Giants defense has been giving up yards but holding teams out of the end zone. Thats all that matters. The key piece is getting Philips back in the secondary. Brown has played solid but Philips is our best player in the secondary.

    Last week against Dallas alot of the yards the Cowboys picked up late in the game was because the Giants were giving up the underneath routes and didn’t want to get beat over the top for the big play. Romo probably threw for 100+ yards on underneath routes. As a fan I could careless about that. Once the Cowboys got inside the Giants 30 late in the game they couldn’t do anything.

    The week before against the Redskins in the second half they held the Skins to like 140 yards. Once they made adjustments at the half the Skins did nothing outside the 80 yard drive late in the game.

    Williams being out the last two games has hurt their defense on 3rd down. He was the LB that could cover TEs. Against Dallas and Washington the TE killed our LBs.

  11. bluebagz says: Oct 31, 2012 11:29 AM

    victorycruz says:
    Oct 31, 2012 1:50 AM
    Big blow to me G-Men. Chase is the anchor of that defense. Hopefully Herzlich can hold down the fort for a game or so.
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    I don’t know about huge blow. Herzlich is faster and is better in pass coverage. If we get Williams back we’ll be fine. Next Man Up!!!

  12. justintuckrule says: Oct 31, 2012 11:59 AM

    Herzlich should have been starting all along.

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